Sunrisers Hyderabad secured their first win of the season, after they defeated Punjab Kings by nine wickets on Wednesday. The Orange Army produced an all-round performance, with their bowlers restricting PBKS to just 120 runs. Jonny Bairstow unbeaten knock of 63 runs was enough to guide his team past the finishing line.
T.Natarajan has missed the last two games for SRH, after sustaining a knee sprain. The left-arm pacer missed key fixtures against Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings. Khaleel Ahmed has replaced Natarajan in the playing eleven, and delivered a strong performance in the last match, where he picked up three wickets in his four-over spell.
According to David Warner, Natarajan’s progress is being monitored and if the need arises, he might be sent for a scan. The Tamil Nadu based pacer might have to serve out a quarantine period, before joining the squad.
“No, he has obviously got a sore knee. Given the circumstance in these bubbles, if he goes and gets a scan, he obviously has to sit out for seven days. He has to get back in quarantine. We are just monitoring him at the moment. The physios are doing their best to analyse from a face point of view but he obviously has to go out and get a scan at some point,” Warner said after the match against PBKS.
David Warner also applauded his bowlers for putting in a good performance against the Punjab Kings. Abhishek Sharma was one of the standout bowlers for his side, picking up two wickets in his four overs, whilst conceding just 24 runs. Kane Williamson was recalled to the playing eleven, after recovering from an injury. The SRH skipper added that it was great to have the Kiwi back in the team, given that he can anchor the innings well.
“Very pleasing. Our bowlers did a fantastic job and reduced them to a low score. They executed well and we won batting second. (On his dismissal) It was probably a mixture of both (mistimed and fatigue), I should have tried to hit it in the grandstand but that happens in cricket,” David Warner said.
“The game plan of having him (Williamson) there is obviously to anchor the game and he rotates strike so well,“ he added